Many notables slandered eighteen-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse in 2021—now he is coming for them, and LeBron James is in the crosshairs.
Rittenhouse was falsely accused of being a racist and white supremacist who planned to murder Black people under cover of BLM-provoked riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020. Authorities charged Rittenhouse with murder—a jury acquitted the teen in December 2021.
In the months that followed his arrest, President Biden, liberal news outlets, and NBA star LeBron James maligned Rittenhouse’s character.
A previous report on RTM noted that Rittenhouse intended to hold people accountable for their false statements, particularly after Nick Sandmann, a Kentucky teen, won multi-million dollar defamation suits against several media giants, including CNN and NBC after he was similarly slandered.
Sandmann has urged Rittenhouse to file suits and seek damages. On Tuesday, during the debut episode of “Frontlines,” host Drew Hernandez asked Rittenhouse: “I think everyone wants to know … what are your plans for LeBron James?”
“He’ll be getting a letter…” Rittenhouse responded, indicating he was in the process of taking following Sandmann’s recommendation.
When Hernandez asked for clarification, Rittenhouse replied, “Anybody who defamed me, or lied about me, we’re just gonna send them a letter and then deal with them in a courtroom.”
During the interview, Hernandez asked Rittenhouse to respond to the charge that he is a racist and particularly prejudiced against Black Americans. Rittenhouse replied that he doesn’t support the political organization Black Lives Matter, but supports the idea that “black lives matter.”
“I support black lives mattering,” Rittenhouse told Hernandez. “I support black lives matter — they do matter.”
The Daily Wire reports that in November 2021, James mocked Rittenhouse for his emotional testimony as he recounted a fatal encounter with Joseph Rosenbaum on the third night of riots in Kenosha.
James, an advocate of the BLM movement, derided Rittenhouse saying, “What tears????? I didn’t see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court.”
At the time of James’ remarks, The Daily Wire reported that Rittenhouse was “overcome with emotion while testifying about the incident,” prompting the court to recess for ten minutes. The DW report reads:
Rittenhouse, detailing the moments before he fired on Rosenbaum recalled Rosenbaum yelling “burn in hell” to him before Rittenhouse yelled “friendly, friendly, friendly!” in an attempt to calm Rosenbaum. But he was chased.
Rittenhouse described feeling “trapped” by Rosenbaum and another man, identified during the trial as Joshua Ziminski, who fired his pistol in the air. The teen said the man had the pistol pointed at him during the incident.
Before describing his actions to fire, Rittenhouse sobbed uncontrollably and a ten minute recess was called.
James’ November comments follow inflammatory remarks last April. At that time, he suggested, without evidence, that a police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was racially motivated.
Following that shooting, The Columbus Dispatch noted Bowling Green State University Criminal Justice Professor Philip Stinson’s assessment:
“My first impression is that the officer was legally justified in using deadly force,” Stinson said.
“It’s a terribly tragic situation, and my heart goes out to the girl and her family and friends. But from looking at the video, it appears to me that a reasonable police officer would have had a reasonable apprehension of an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death being imposed against an officer or someone else. That’s the legal standard.”
James asserted that the shooting happened because the officer is white and the aggressor, now deceased, was black.
In a now-deleted tweet, James posted an image of the officer with the caption, “YOU’RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY.”
In a second tweet, James wrote, “I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its [sic] being used to create more hate – This isn’t about one officer. [sic] it’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY.”
That tweet was followed by another incendiary Twitter post in May. In that post, James claimed Black people in America are “literally hunted everyday/everytime.” He made the claim after the February 2020 fatal shooting of 25-year-old Black man Ahmaud Arbery.
The three white officers involved in that shooting were convicted of murder and found guilty of a federal hate crime.
A previous RTM report noted Rittenhouse’s thoughts regarding James’ statements. During an interview on The Blaze TV’s You Are Here, Rittenhouse said, “I was a Lakers fan…before he said that. I was really pissed off when he said that because I liked LeBron…”
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